Balance is not a women's issue, it's a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage, etc. Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.
The collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is the key. International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance. The speakers said at a program to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 at CA Baban in the city. All the speakers shared their path breaking stories to become a women achiever and leader in their own profession. In the program the youngsters of newly qualified female chartered accountants were congratulated by the committee of Women in Leadership of ICAB.
The discussion on IWD2019 was organized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) on Friday, 15 March 2019 with the concentration on theme #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter. Rasheda K. Chowdhury, Former Adviser, Caretaker Government of Bangladesh and Aroma Dutta, Member of Parliament, Government of Bangladesh graced the occasion as the Guests of Honor.
AF Nesaruddin FCA, President, ICAB delivered address of welcome while the opening remarks was made by Parveen Mahmud FCA, Chairman, Women in Leadership Committee (WIL) & Past President-ICAB. Country’s established Women entrepreneurs and women top executives took part in Panel Discussion: Encouraging and Influencing Young Minds to Dream. They told their success stories.
Rasheda K. Chowdhury, said in our country 80 percent of women are the victim of harassment in their own house. Women’s participation in works has been increased, however, their participation in decision making process do not increase proportionately, she further said. Ethical values and perception towards women are discouraging the women to
participate in decision making process even it is not possible in their own house. Path towards women is not easy, many hurdles will come in forth, however, you have to overcome all these challenges. You should make your own path to break the glass celling and raise your voice to show the ways for your next generation, she added.
Aroma Dutta,, said Chartered Accountants are the instrumental in doing the job of accounting and auditing. They are doing their these with outmost sincerity and honestly. It encouraging that females are coming in this profession, it is appreciable. We all together to work for building the nation balance for better through paving the way for women participation in the economy.
Mahzabin Ferdous Sharna, Head of Brand and Corporate Communication, IPDC, Shumona Sharmin, Feature Editor, The Prothom Alo, Sheela R. Rahman, Consultant, Corporate Governance Advisory Services, South Asia, IFC, Maliha Malik Quadir, MD, Shohoz. Com, Hla Shing Nue, Executive Director, Bolipara Nari Kalyan Somity (BNKS), Tootli Rahman, Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer, Brigadier General Razia Khanam (Retired) were the panelists of the discussion. Zareen Mahmud Hosein FCA moderated the discussion and Shama Rukh Alam FCA summed up the session. Anika Sultana FCA, Member, DRC-ICAB extended the vote of thanks.